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Hospital Visit, Need Rest


Monday, March 17, 2014

During my scheduled 50 mile bike ride this past Saturday, I had a problem on the ride. I ended with 32 miles for the day. I don't remember what happened, but according to witnesses, I stopped the bike, got off, and fell to the ground. I had fainted. 911 was called and the ambulance took me to the hospital.

I was disoriented but in no pain. After several tests, including EKG EEG, and stress test it remained inconclusive as to what actually happened. The Neurologist said my brain tested fine. No joke, please. :) and the Cardiologist reported that I had a slight leak in one of the heart valves, and a heart murmur. None of which poses a significant health risk, believe it or not. I was told I'm in remarkably good shape for my age.

After discussing my most recent training plan and races, I was told not to resume physical activity for a short time, and then to start slowly again and build myself up. I will see the Cardiologist in one month and he'll advise again from that point.

Even though I try to hydrate and take fuel in a smart way, I may have indeed been dehydrated. The blood pressure tests indicate that I was dehydrated, and slightly low on sodium. So, I will need to improve on that in the future.

I still do not know why I fainted, and neither do the docs. I did ride aero quite a bit on that ride, possibly I rose upright too quickly and got dizzy. Just one of the thoughts I had.
In the meantime, I am going to take some time off. Rest for several days. I have never taken an extended rest period before, and I surely am overdue for that.

My 70.3 will not be done. That hurts a lot. It was to be in 12 days from today, and not knowing why I fainted, I will pass it by for now. I don't want to be out in open water and faint again. The doctors advised against it, and for me, it's just too soon after this episode for me to feel safe.

Trying to stay positive about the whole thing. Life happens. I am grateful that I'm okay and will be able to continue my pursuit of health in a more robust manner soon enough.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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STRIVER57 4/2/2014 9:11AM

    oh dear … i am so sorry. but it was the right decision, and the next blog looks like you've gotten a lot accomplished "resting." be careful, listen to your body, but have fun!

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RACEWELLWON 3/24/2014 8:16PM

    Vic - wise decision - I know how it feels to not be able to participate in a race - but its for the better , really - sorry so late but on St Patties my husband had a full Heart Transplant - so I have been a little busy too.
Last summer something similar happened to me and I was depleted of nutrients and dehydrated - I have now switched to Coconut Water , just a thought - hope you feel better - soon . There always another race but only one you ! Karen

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SMITTY4RL 3/20/2014 8:55PM

    Hi Vic, Hope you feel better soon and/or do okay with the enforced rest. I know not doing the 70.3 hurts, especially after all your great training, but there'll be others to come along. Glad you weren't on the bike and riding when you fainted. All my best, Ann.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/19/2014 10:54AM

    I am so sorry this happened to you. Hope to hear good news from you soon.

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ROXYZMOM 3/18/2014 9:22PM

    One of my friends had travelled to Florida. He was sleep deprived, dehydrated and it was hot. He fainted and busted his forehead. He got a lot of tests done. Nothing else ever came up.

I am glad people were there to help you. I bet you gave your wife a scare! I am glad you are listening to your doctor. I know how disappointed you are (happened to me last year with the Delaware HM).

I am glad you are ok.

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MASRITE 3/18/2014 7:41PM

    Oh wow, that is scary. Glad you are doing good and that you decided to postpone your triathlon. I know that was a huge decision for you, but a great one!! Thinking of you!!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/18/2014 6:01PM

    So grateful that you are ok. What a scare. I hope you feel like yourself soon. Take the rest and feel better my friend

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JODROX 3/18/2014 1:58PM

    Wow. #1 take care of you! We think by being physically active and eating right, we ARE taking care of ourselves. But sometimes adjustments need to be made. I'm glad you're following doctor's orders.

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LISAINMS 3/18/2014 12:06PM

    I am so sorry this happened so close to your goal race. I may or may not have told you that I have a problem with passing out -for whatever reason it is more on the bike than run and has never happened from swimming. It is low blood pressure combined with dehydration. Blood volume becomes low due to dehydration and combined with low blood pressure, there isn't enough flow moving upward. It usually happens if I go from squat to stand or aero to upright. I feel light-headed and a warming sensation then fade to black. As soon as I feel it happening, I lay down. That gets the blood flowing to your brain. After a minute or two I feel fine and start gulping Gatorade to get my electrolytes and hydration back in balance. It does not seem to affect me beyond those few minutes. I hope it is something as simple as that for you. As long as I make a concerted effort to watch my fluid intake, I don't faint. But I am mindful of it all day every day due to my training schedule. I have to stay hydrated all of the time. Rest up my friend. They won't stop making 70.3's any time soon and there's another one out there with your name on it.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/18/2014 11:58AM

    Oh man... so glad that you are ok. You are very healthy for your age but I do agree that you should take it easy for awhile. I know how hard it must be to put the 70.3 on hold for now but you have to take care of you.

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RAINEMARIE214 3/18/2014 11:52AM

    O my gosh! Wow! I am so, so glad that you are ok! Definitely take the rest!! There will be other races in the future! Go glad you are ok!

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NATPLUMMER 3/18/2014 11:19AM

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NMGRANNY 3/18/2014 11:00AM

    Wow! So scary! Sorry you'll miss your race, but you're making the right decision. Take it easy and you'll be back out there again. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/18/2014 10:47AM

    Wise decision, but I know it wasn't easy to make. Take care!
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LEWILL1982 3/18/2014 10:34AM

    Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about your hospital visit. I know you are so disappointed, but there's always another race, there's only one of you, take care, rest well!

Maybe if you get antsy, you can walk or ride slow short distances....

Could you still volunteer at the tri, so you can get to be out there? Just a thought...

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HILLSLUG98239 3/18/2014 10:30AM

    Dude - I am so sorry to hear you'll have to postpone your tri. Like a lot of other people, I've been following your progress and cheering you from afar. Even though it's the right thing to do, it's still heartbreaking. That sucks.

But, it is the right thing to do. Maybe you'll serve as a lesson for me: I'm feeling a little panicky because my first tri is just a couple of months away and I've had a few setbacks in training. I'm trying to push through sore muscles and workout when I should probably lower my sights and give myself more rest.

You are handling this with remarkable grace (at least outwardly).

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/18/2014 10:02AM

    Yikes! That was scary. I'm glad they didn't find anything serious. No news is good news. Take care of yourself, rest and come back stronger.

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MBSHAZZER 3/18/2014 10:01AM

    Always better to err on the side of caution... you only live once (YOLO) goes both ways.

Feel better!

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JACKIE542 3/18/2014 9:55AM

    Very smart right now to listen to the doc's and rest up, I don't think I would want to be out there and faint either.
So sorry about your 70.3, but I am very happy to see you are ok, bet your wife is too.
Take good care. emoticon

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STEPHM-ARATHON 3/18/2014 9:27AM

    Oh no! So sorry that happened. Missing out on the 70.3 has to sting, but I'm glad you're following doctors orders. Take care of yourself.

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CAROLCRC 3/18/2014 8:09AM

    "You are in remarkable shape for your age.." duh!

I'm sorry you have to miss the race you've been training for, but it's better to err on the side of caution. My guess is fueling and dehydration - probably have to be more conscious of this from now on.

Rest well so you can race again soon.

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MBTEPP 3/18/2014 7:53AM

    If you had the presence of mind to stop, and get off the bike before fainting, you must have been aware of some dizziness. Dehydration is a tricky thing. You are lucky someone was there to call 911. I am glad it was not more serious. You need to listen to your doctors in case is more serious than dehydration.

I know you must be disappointed with your training interrupted. Trust in your training, and cherish your rest period. Mental training, when physical training is not possible is very powerful.

I am glad it was not more serious and you did not fall from your bike.

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SEABREEZE64 3/18/2014 7:30AM

    I am glad you didn't get hurt. Sounds pretty scary to me too. I think we just have to continually be smart - work with what we've got - and enjoy the journey. Just remember, you are in great shape (well, except for the fainting part).



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CM_GARDNER78 3/18/2014 6:27AM

    Oh NO Vic...that is so scary!!! I'm glad you are okay!! I think that despite the hurt, you are doing the right thing by skipping the 70.3. Praying that you have no hidden issues, and you can build right back up to the NEXT 70.3!! (((HUGS)))

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DJ4HEALTH 3/18/2014 1:09AM

    Wow yes do take it easy until you get clearance from the doctors.

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STRIVERONE 3/18/2014 1:06AM

    Wow! Sorry to hear that, but I'm glad you're not being pigheaded about the Iron-man. Your thoughts on the cause seem quite plausible.

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DALID414 3/18/2014 12:23AM

    emoticon scary stuff! I'm glad to hear you're taking the doctors advice to rest. emoticon

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HDHAWK 3/17/2014 11:28PM

    Oh my goodness, I'm glad to hear you're ok. There will be other races, although I can understand your disappointment. Your health comes first. Without our health, what do we have? Take care of yourself and enjoy your rest days. emoticon

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TIGER_LILY_613 3/17/2014 11:20PM

    Yikes ! Glad you're ok and that you didn't hurt yourself on your way down. Hope the Cardiologist can figure it out. Resting up right now sounds like a great idea. The 70.3 can wait. Take care !


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MAESTROSHASHA 3/17/2014 11:10PM

    Glad you are okay. Sorry you have to endure such a major set-back. Dehydration really does pack a wallop. May you mend fully and come back from this feeling even better. Take care.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2014 11:09PM

    Oh gosh! So sorry that happened! But I think you're following the Drs. advice is wise. You definitely don't want to be someplace and have another episode!

Take good care. I know you will.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/17/2014 11:07PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. But you are smart to be cautious and patient. There are lots of 70.3's but only one you!
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